About Us

ESCAPE trails is run by experienced trail and ultra runner Neil Staveley, with help from a team of volunteer Run Leaders.

We strongly believe that trail running has a ton of benefits not just physically but also mentally. This is part of the reason why we set up ESCAPE trails to help people get out on the trails and start feeling, not just the benefits of running, but also of being outside in nature, and just as importantly to just have fun in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Our runs are planned to give you the support you need whether you’re new to the trails or you’re an experienced runner, all whilst running at a sociable pace. ESCAPE trails is not about racing or PBs it’s about having fun on the trails, and we make sure no one gets left behind irrespective of their ability.

The Team

Neil

Neil took up running in 2015 when he entered the East Coast 10k to raise money for charity. Although it wasn’t an instant love affair, with running he soon caught the running bug and hasn’t stopped since. After originally running and racing on roads, Neil found out about trail running and was instantly attracted by the ‘getting out into nature’ feel of it. Having given trail running a go, this time it was an instant love affair. Neil’s main running focus now is trail running and trail races, and he has run many trail races around the UK from 5Ks up to ultras, including the Trail Marathon Wales, the Peddars Way Ultra and the Norfolk 100k.

Neil is an England Athletics Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF), Run Leader (LiRF), part of the coaching team at the Norfolk Gazelles Running Club, and currently working towards being a level 3 Endurance Coach. Neil also holds a Sports First Aid Level 2 qualification.

Hannah

Hannah is an experienced trail runner and Run Leader. Hannah started running to complete the Bristol Half Marathon, but like Neil has found her real love of running whilst on the trails.

Hannah holds the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification (LiRF), a Sports First Aid Level 2 qualification, and is currently working towards the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) qualification.

REVIEWS

Marianne Page
Marianne Page
25/04/2022
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This was an amazing experience!! All fears were laid to rest with the friendly team at escape trails. A beautiful route. Being guided meant that there was no risk of getting lost!! Having fuelling stations made things easier and any additional kit close by just in case, even the weather was kind. Would definitely recommend Thank you Neil and Hannah
stephen bullard
stephen bullard
09/04/2022
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Really good run along the river from Trowse. Good and clear communication prior to the event. On the day , Neil looks after you and nothing is too much trouble. If you have the chance, take on one of the events, you will not regret it.
Oliver Taylor
Oliver Taylor
29/03/2022
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Well organised event, great group of people. Made to feel welcome. If you're looking for a friendly and inclusive way to run long distance with great routes Escape Trails is the a great option.
Charles Ballardini
Charles Ballardini
07/02/2022
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I had a wonderful experience on their 10k guided run through Thetford Forest. I 100% recommend!
John Field
John Field
13/12/2021
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I accompanied Neil and Hannah for a relaxed, sociable run through Thetford Forest (10k). It was slickly arranged (clear email communication) and a great way to meet some new people and break some fresh trails. Highly recommended!
John Crowley
John Crowley
25/11/2021
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Really well planned, interesting routes, run at a casual, inclusive pace. Lovely people and very reasonable pricing.
Melanie Falconer
Melanie Falconer
13/11/2021
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Great 10k trail run, very friendly guides and group, lovely route and lots of fun. Deffo recommend!
Claire Biddick
Claire Biddick
19/10/2021
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Great company and excellent route mapped through Thetford Forest. I would highly recommend and look forward to exploring more trails :-)
Martin Edwards
Martin Edwards
05/10/2021
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Had a great time running through Thetford. Would recommend to anyone. Easy paced and will be going on another run with them as soon as I can get the time :)
Rowena Middleton
Rowena Middleton
13/09/2021
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Extremely friendly and chilled lot. Neil and Hannah are very lovely and this reflects on the business and the run. Communication prior to the run was really thorough with all relevant info to help you be at ease. I completed my first ever ultra distance as I ran the Boudicca Way with the gang and I had so much fun! The pace was sociable. I couldn’t recommend ESCAPE trails enough you’ll have a blast! I definitely want to run with this lot again : )